Pilchuck, session 4, July 9-26, 2013

Design, Glassblowing

Communication is essential when working collaboratively; drawing, discussion, and teamwork are a few ways in which designers and makers exchange artistic ideas. In this course, inspiration from historical and con- temporary sources will fuel student creativity. Functional and nonfunctional ideas will be addressed as students explore a number of techniques, including canework and incalmo. Field trips and visiting artists will enhance the learning experience. Two years of glassblowing experience are required.

Ben Cobb received a B.F.A. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He is the lead gaffer at the Museum of Glass, in Tacoma. Cobb’s fascination with biological forms is evident in blown-glass sculpture represented in Seattle by Traver Gallery.
Swedish artist Ann Wåhlström is recognized for her designs in glass, ceramics, metals, and textiles, and has designed for Kosta Boda and Ikea. Wåhlström created glass centerpieces for Pilchuck’s Twenty-seventh Annual Auction. She teaches at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm.